Furious ratepayer launches attack on council cars
A 33-YEAR-OLD man who keyed two Southern Downs Regional Council cars has avoided jail.
Adam James Hansen pleaded guilty to wilful damage, committing public nuisance and obstructing a police officer in Warwick Magistrates Court.
The Warwick man entered the Fitzroy St council building on May 19 to enquire about a council notice he had received.
CCTV footage at 10.15am showed a female member of the public with a distressed look on her face.
Hansen walked up to the administration counter and spoke in an "aggressive and abusive" manner towards a female staff member.
A male staff member intervened, and Hansen threw a crushed-up piece of paper at him before leaving.
Hansen stormed back in to the building a short time later and threatened to key the council's cars.
A witness saw Hansen leave the building, then enter the council carpark.
He scratched two Ford Road Rangers bearing Southern Downs Regional Council logos.
Hansen's lawyer Bonnie O'Brien said her client had a brain injury as well as autism.
"That often means he becomes fearful when people corner him," Ms O'Brien said.
Magistrate Bevan Manthey warned Hansen against re-offending, and sentenced him to 12 months probation.
"Hopefully you get some benefit from it," he said.